Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC

Jan 09 - Jan 10, 2014

This 2-day event brings together the jazz community in a series of workshops, panels and events, all dedicated to expanding the audience for jazz.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, January 9

9:30 – 10:30 am Breakouts

Navigating Social Media [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Social media experts discuss basics for effectively utilizing these ever-evolving communication channels, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Vine and whatever’s next.
Moderator: Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity)
Panelists: Melvin Gibbs; Matt Merewitz (Fully Altered Media); Marni Wandner (Sneak Attack Media); Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle)

The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz (presented by JEN) [RENDEZVOUS TRIANON]
Jazz education is becoming an increasingly important focus for jazz presenters and organizations. In this session, presented by the Jazz Education Network, presenters discuss how education and outreach figures into their programming and mission.
Moderator: Willard Jenkins (Open Sky Jazz)
Panelists: Rob Gibson (Savannah Music Festival/Swing Central); Tim Jackson (Monterey Jazz Festival); Marcus Roberts; Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers (presented by JJA)
This session explains how jazz and music journalists decide who and what to cover. This panel also examines the current state of the jazz media and attempts to sort and evaluate the various publications, sites and bloggers.
Moderator: Howard Mandel (Jazz Journalists Association)
Panelists: Monifa Brown (Shanachie/WBGO); Evan Haga (JazzTimes); J. Michael Harrison (WRTI); Hank Shteamer (TimeOut New York)

10:45 – 11:45 am Breakouts

Give to Get: Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content (presented by All About Jazz) [TRIANON BALLROOM]
In a post-scarcity music landscape where audiences have instant access to the greatest recordings of both today and yesterday, how will you convince them to pay attention to your music and become loyal fans and advocates? This panel will discuss how artists, managers, and labels should create and distribute online content in today’s media-soaked world.
Moderator: Gary Armstrong
Panelists: Matt Donaruma; David Dufresne (Bandzoogle); Rob Evanoff (1888 Media); Tony Miceli; Jerald Miller (Nu Jazz Entertainment); Andrew Read

New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz
A panel of jazz presenters discusses alternative approaches and revenue streams including webcasting, streaming, touring programs, recordings and other new opportunities.
Moderator: Marty Ashby (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild)
Panelists: Cat Henry (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Josh Jackson (WBGO); Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Entertainment); Spike Wilner (Smalls Jazz)

The New Paradigm for Record Labels [PETIT TRIANON]
Labels of all different sizes and types get together to explain how they manage to stay afloat or even thrive in a very different landscape for recording, distribution and sales. And they share tips for self-produced artists.
Moderator: Jim Cuomo (Entertainment One Distribution)
Panelists: Dave Douglas (Greenleaf Music); Jana Herzen (Motema Music); Greg Osby (Inner Circle Music); Seth Rosner (Pi Records); Denny Stilwell (Mack Avenue Records); Oliver Weindling (Babel Records)

12:15 -1:45 pm Keynote & Inspirational Solo Spots [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Keynote Speaker: Ben Cameron (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation)
Soloists: Wendy Oxenhorn (Jazz Foundation of America); Eddie Palmieri; Patricia Parker (Arts for Art); Meghan Stabile (Revive Music Group); Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

2:00 – 3:30 pm Streaming, Downloads & Digital Rights [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Representatives from some of the major digital platforms discuss the heated issues around these new outlets for music performance, distribution and airplay.
Moderator: Dick Huey (Toolshed)
Panelists: Bryan Grone (Spotify); Jeff Price (Audiam); Marc Ribot; others TBA

3:45 – 5:15 pm Ask the Experts Networking Session [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Members of the jazz community get an opportunity to meet face-to-face with influential and experienced industry leaders. Conducted speed-dating style, this session enables jazz artists and professionals to share ideas and resources and also get informed feedback on their own work. Session coordinated by Jana La Sorte of Ambassadora.

10 am – 4 pm Table-top Exhibits [FOYER]

Friday, January 10

9:30 -10:30 am Breakouts

Jazz Grantmaking [TRIANON BALLROOM]
Foundation and arts agency experts explain what jazz funders and grants programs currently emphasize, and how your application for funding can be most competitive.
Moderator: Sara Donnelly (BlueSurge Creative)
Panelists: Rachel Ford (Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards); Darrell Grant; Josh Kohn (Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation); Katja von Schuttenbach (NEA); Jeanette Vuocolo (Chamber Music America)

Spotlight on Germany [RENDEZVOUS TRIANON]
A panel consisting of presenters, booking agents, media and other professionals from Germany discuss the unique aspects of the jazz industry and community in that country.
Moderator: Wulf Muller (Okeh/Sony)
Panelists: Tina Heine (ELBJAZZ); Matthias Kirsch (JazzRadio Berlin); Catherine Mayer (Just Jazz International); Peter Schulze (Jazz Ahead)

Radio Promotion & Airplay 101 (JazzWeek Session 1)
Radio programmers and promotion people explain the basics for getting your music played on radio stations and shows.
Moderator: Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek)
Panelists: Shaunna Machosky (Jazzzdog Promotions); Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM); Neal Sapper (New World’n’Jazz); Michael Valentine (WDNA)

10:45 – 11:45 am Breakouts

Cutting through the Clutter: An Interactive Session
A panel of experts from various professional sectors (e.g. magazine, web, record company, radio, etc.) will analyze 4 to 5 projects to see if they are ready for prime time and suggest ways to make them better. Members of the jazz community are encouraged to solicit materials.
Moderator: Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management)
Panelists: Michael Kline (Exit O International Jazz Festival); Jana La Sorte (Janlyn PR); Cathleen Murphy (Okeh/Sony); Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Jon Poses (National Pastime Productions)

Expanding the Language of Jazz [RENDEZVOUS TRIANON]
Thanks in part to the internet, musicians are incorporating a plethora of sounds from all corners of the globe, resulting in more and more crossover between jazz and world music. This session takes a look at genre-defying artists and professionals who are forging new paths of communication between cultures.
Moderator: Alison Loerke (Alia Productions)
Panelists: Bogdan Benigar (Cankarjev dom/Ljubliana Jazz Festival); Mehmet Dede (DROM); Amir ElSaffar; Danny Mekonnen; Isabel Yrigoyen (Yerna Buena Center for the Arts)

Radio & the Road (JazzWeek Session 2) [PETIT TRIANON]
A discussion of how radio airplay and appearances can impact performance opportunities (and sales) for jazz artists.
Moderator: Derrick Lucas (WGMC 90.1 FM)
Panelists: Jeff Duperon (WRTI); Matt Fleeger (KMHD Jazz Radio); John Gilbreath (Earshot Jazz); Karen Kennedy (24/7 Management)
12:00 – 1:30 pm Jazz in the Future Tense
A Look into the Fractured Crystal Ball
Given all the new forces that are shaping the way jazz is presented, consumed and valued, what does our future really look like? Is technology friend or foe? What are the new business models for the music and for the artists? An esteemed group of veteran music industry leaders will attempt to answer these questions and many more, as well as assess future trends for the genre.
Moderator: Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition)
Panelists: James Donio (Music Business Association); Jason Moran; Vernon Reid; Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition)

1:45 – 3:15 pm Blue Note at 75 (Presented by NARAS)
Tribute panel to Bruce Lundvall and the legacy of Blue Note, featuring a panel of noted artists and producers
Moderator: Ashley Kahn
Panelists: Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records); Robert Glasper; Jason Moran

10 am – 4 pm Table-top Exhibits [FOYER]

7:00 pm
Winter JazzFest at multiple venues in Village


7:00 pm
Winter JazzFest at multiple venues in Village

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